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The Residential Real Estate Brokerage Industry: What Would More Vigorous Competition Look Like?

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  • Lawrence J. White

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The residential real estate brokerage industry represents a troubling instance of false appearances. Though the numbers of sales agents and brokerage firms, plus easy entry, would appear to offer the promise of vigorous competition, actual practices in the industry have caused reality to fall substantially short of the potential. After recounting the history of the transition of the securities industry from fixed and non-competitive stock brokerage commissions to far more vigorous competition, I draw on that experience to describe what vigorous competition in the residential real estate brokerage industry would look like. I also suggest public policy measures that would help bring about more vigorous competition.

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Paper provided by New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 06-06.

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Date of creation: 2006
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Cited by:
  1. Beck, Jason & Scott, Frank & Yelowitz, Aaron, 2010. "Competition and market structure in local real estate markets," MPRA Paper 27531, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Lawrence J. White, 2008. "Antitrust Policy and Industrial Policy: A View from the U.S," Working Papers 08-2, New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Department of Economics.
  3. Lawrence J. White, 2009. "Financial Regulation and the Current Crisis: A Guide for the Antitrust Community," Working Papers 09-11, New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Department of Economics.
  4. Elyas Elyasiani & Iqbal Mansur & Jill Wetmore, 2010. "Real-Estate Risk Effects on Financial Institutions’ Stock Return Distribution: a Bivariate GARCH Analysis," The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Springer, vol. 40(1), pages 89-107, January.

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